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by Sheena Harrison
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OSHA issues Thanksgiving safety recommendations for retail workers

11:30 am, Nov. 26

With retailers gearing up for Black Friday sales -- and some planning to get a jump on sales by opening on Thanksgiving day -- the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is asking employers to keep retail workers safe as shoppers try to take advantage of doorbuster deals.OSHA said in a ...MORE

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Oklahoma Workers' Comp Commission issues first ruling, has 'historic day'

5:47 pm, Nov. 25

In its first ruling, the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission awarded benefits to a nurse who was injured in a car accident.The Workers' Compensation Commission was created when the state moved from a court-based adjudication system to an administrative process as part of a law that took ...MORE

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Increasing generic drug prices could pose problems for workers comp

1:55 pm, Nov. 25

While the use of generic medications in workers compensation has been noted as a strategy to help manage medical costs for injured workers, it appears some generic drugs are seeing price hikes that could potentially mitigate any expected savings.A report this month in the New England Journal of ...MORE

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No benefits for New York firefighter who fell in snowbank: Court

5:04 pm, Nov. 19

A firefighter who was injured stepping off a fire truck couldn't prove the event wasn't “a sudden, fortuitous mischance” and, therefore, isn't entitled to accidental disability retirement benefits, a New York appellate court ruled Thursday.Joseph Mercurio worked as a fire lieutenant in ...MORE

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Patient education, 90-day monitoring period key to preventing opioid dependence: Report

11:55 am, Nov. 19

A white paper released Monday by managed care organization CompPartners Inc. says opioid management programs must include patient education and engagement in order to help them avoid becoming addicted to or dependent on narcotics."If a patient understands early on how tolerance and dependence can ...MORE

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Workers comp insurers see continued financial improvement: Best

4:19 pm, Nov. 14

Yet another report is showing that the workers compensation industry is seeing signs of a financial turnaround.Oldwick, N.J.-based rating agency A.M. Best Co. Inc. released a report Monday saying that private workers comp insurers had a combined ratio of 98.6% in 2013, down from a combined ratio of ...MORE

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Learning from Willy Wonka's safety mistakes

3:34 pm, Nov. 13

Willy Wonka's chocolate factory might be a “non-pollutionary, anti-institutionary, pro-confectionery factory of fun” (according to the tagline attached to the 1971 film), but a U.K. manufacturer of safety products is asking Mr. Wonka to make safety a priority, as well.In an open letter ...MORE

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Listening to patients a recurring theme at ASHRM conference

2:43 pm, Oct. 31

I recently covered the American Society For Healthcare Risk Management's Annual Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim, California earlier this week. And while most of the topics fell outside of my usual workers compensation beat, I noticed that presenters at the conference kept recommending one major ...MORE

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CMS backs away from proposed rule on Medicare set-asides

4:48 pm, Oct. 23

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently withdrew an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that would have created an approval process for Medicare set-asides used to pay future medical costs in liability cases.Under the Medicare Secondary Payer system, self-insured employers, ...MORE

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California tops ranking of state workers compensation rates: Study

3:34 pm, Oct. 13

California has the highest workers compensation premium rates this year according to the Oregon Workers' Compensation Premium Rate Ranking, a biennial study produced by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.California had the third highest workers comp rates in the nation when the ...MORE

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